10-Year Trend of Educational Performance 2004 - 2013

Published Date: 10 November 2014 12:00 AM

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1.The Ministry of Education releases data annually on the 10-year trend of the performance of our students. The objective is to provide feedback to the community on how our children have fared over the last 10 years.

2.Year-to-year fluctuations are to be expected as each batch of students is different, so it is more meaningful to focus on longer-term trends over 10 years.

Summary: Overall 10-year Trend of Educational Performance (2004 - 2013)

Percentage of Primary 1 Cohort Admitted to Post-Secondary Education Institutions

3.The percentage of each Primary 1 Cohort admitted to post-secondary education institutions has improved steadily over the last 10 years, from 90% in 2004 to 95% in 2013.

Performance in National Examinations

4.At the GCE ‘A’ Level, the overall percentage of students with at least 3 ‘A’/’H2’ passes and a pass in General Paper or Knowledge and Inquiry has improved over the last 10 years, from 89% in 2004 to 91% in 2013. The percentage of GCE ‘A’ Level students who passed General Paper or Knowledge and Inquiry has remained high, at above 90%.

5.The overall percentage of students with at least three GCE ‘O’ Level passes and at least five ‘O’ Level passes has remained stable over the last 10 years. The percentage of GCE ‘O’ Level students who passed English Language has increased over the last 10 years, from 85% in 2004 to 89% in 2013.

6.PSLE results have remained stable over the last 10 years, both in terms of overall percentage of passes and the percentage of PSLE students who scored A*-C in each subject.

Detailed Description of Charts

7.The following performance charts for the last 10 years (2004 - 2013) are attached:

  • A chart on the percentage of each Primary 1 Cohort admitted to post-secondary education institutions 1.

  • Three sets of charts showing the performance of the major ethnic groups in the GCE ‘A’ and ‘O’ Level Examinations and the PSLE 2.

Percentage of Primary 1 Cohort Admitted To Post-Secondary Institutions (Chart A)

8.The percentage of a Primary 1 Cohort admitted to post-secondary education institutions 3, including private education institutions, has remained high, at above 90%. See Chart A.

Performance in GCE ‘A’ Level (Charts B1 - B3)

Performance by Overall Measure

9.The percentage of GCE ‘A’ level students who obtained at least 3 ‘A’/’H2’ passes and passed General Paper or Knowledge and Inquiry exceeded 90% in 2013. See Chart B1.

Performance by Subject

10.The overall pass rates in General Paper or Knowledge and Inquiry and Mother Tongue Language has remained high, at above 90%. See Charts B2 and B3.

Performance in GCE ‘O’ Level (Charts C1 - C5)

Performance by Overall Measure

11.The percentage of GCE ‘O’ Level students with at least 3 ‘O’ Level passes has remained high, at around 95%, while the percentage with at least 5 ‘O’ Level passes has remained above 80%. See Charts C1 and C2.

Performance by Subject
  1. The overall pass rates for English Language, Mother Tongue Language and Mathematics have remained high and are comparable with the previous years (above 85%, 95% and 85% respectively). See Charts C3 - C5. The percentage of GCE ‘O’ Level students who passed English Language has increased over the last 10 years (from 85% in 2004 to 89% in 2013).

Performance in PSLE (Charts D1 - D5)

Performance by Overall Measure

12.PSLE candidates continued to perform well, with an overall percentage pass rate of above 95%. See Chart D1.

Performance by Subject

13.The overall percentage of PSLE students who scored A-C in English Language and Mother Tongue Language has remained high, at above 95%, while the percentage who scored A-C in Mathematics and Science has remained above 80% and 90% respectively. See Charts D2 - D5.

Footnotes:
  1. The percentages are based on students who were enrolled in Primary 1 10 years ago.
  2. The percentages are based on school candidates who sat for the respective examinations.
  3. Junior colleges, Centralised Institute, Polytechnics, ITE, LASALLE College of the Arts, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and other private education institutions.
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